To become a medical secretary, a high school diploma is required. Many employers will accept high school graduates and train them on the job. However, some tertiary institutions offer accredited training programs for aspiring medical secretaries who wish to get certification. Formal training combined with work experience improves one's chances of getting better jobs and higher pay. The medical secretary training programs cover various courses including business communication, medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, records management, database management, transcription, and insurance claims processing. Other courses include office practices and computer studies.

Prior to enrolling students into the medical secretary program, some colleges make completion of readiness tests a requirement. These tests, which commonly test students in math, reading and writing skills, prepare them for the medical administration program's course work. Online programs, which offer convenience to those who cannot attend the classes in person, are available as well. Because of the flexibility that these online courses offer, the programs are popular especially with those who are already in the job market but wish to study at the same time. However, it is important to note that online programs require commitment and discipline.

A career in medical administration is a good option for those who wish to work within the medical profession performing non-medical duties. Working as a secretary in a healthcare setting does not mean that one is stuck in the same position for years. This is because the career offers good prospects for career progression. With advance education and experience, one can rise to a managerial position or other senior role offering more responsibilities and rewards.

What are Medical Secretaries like?


Based on our pool of users, Medical Secretaries tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Medical Secretaries by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1279 Sokanu users

Are Medical Secretaries happy?


Medical Secretaries rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 15th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Medical Secretary Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Medical Secretaries

The most common degree held by Medical Secretaries is Psychology. 16% of Medical Secretaries had a degree in Psychology before becoming Medical Secretaries. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Biology graduates are the second most common among Medical Secretaries, representing 12% of Medical Secretaries in the Sokanu user base, which is 3.3 times the average.

Medical Secretary Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Medical Secretary, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Medical Secretaries % of population Multiple
Psychology 15.8% 7.0% 2.3×
Biology 12.0% 3.6% 3.3×
Business Management And Administration 6.9% 6.6% 1.0×
English Literature 6.6% 4.9% 1.4×
Medical Administration 5.6% 0.2% 27.0×
Sociology 4.3% 2.1% 2.0×
Liberal Arts 4.1% 1.9% 2.1×
Miscellaneous Business & Medical Administration 2.8% 0.1% 31.4×
Fine Arts 2.5% 2.0% 1.2×
Community And Public Health 2.5% 0.8% 3.1×
Business 2.3% 2.5% 0.9×
Medical And Health Services 2.3% 0.3% 8.0×
Medical Assisting 2.3% 0.2% 10.1×
History 2.3% 2.2% 1.0×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.0% 2.2% 0.9×
Communications 2.0% 3.4% 0.6×
Human Resources 1.8% 1.0% 1.8×
Miscellaneous Health Medical Professions 1.8% 0.2% 8.5×
International Relations 1.8% 1.5% 1.2×
General Education 1.5% 0.6% 2.5×
Pre-Med 1.5% 0.1% 17.7×
Criminal Justice 1.5% 1.4% 1.1×
Political Science 1.5% 2.9% 0.5×
Drama 1.3% 1.1% 1.2×
Hospitality Management 1.3% 0.9% 1.4×
Teacher Education 1.3% 0.8% 1.6×
Foreign Language Studies 1.3% 1.3% 1.0×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×
Theology And Religious Vocations 1.3% 0.4% 3.2×
Anthropology And Archeology 1.3% 1.3% 1.0×
Chemistry 1.3% 1.1% 1.2×
Economics 1.3% 3.9% 0.3×
Studio Arts 1.0% 0.5% 1.9×
Molecular Biology 1.0% 0.4% 2.4×
Physiology 1.0% 0.2% 5.9×
Neuroscience 1.0% 0.6% 1.8×
Finance 1.0% 2.0% 0.5×
Journalism 1.0% 1.2% 0.9×
Mathematics 1.0% 1.9% 0.5×
Physical And Health Education Teaching 1.0% 0.1% 7.0×
Nursing 1.0% 0.5% 2.1×
Cosmetology 1.0% 1.0% 1.0×

Medical Secretary Education Levels

63% of Medical Secretaries have an associate's degree. 37% of Medical Secretaries have a high school diploma.

No education 0%
High school diploma 37%
Associate's degree 63%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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